Football has always been a part of our family activities. My father played all the way to the university level and shared his love for the sport with us. I started playing football myself in high school in South Carolina and then spent 1 year in the NCAA at Newberry College and then came to finish my studies at the University of Sherbrooke in finance. I was recruited by the Alouettes in 2013 for whom I played for 6 years and spent the 2019 season with the Ottawa Redblacks.
Highlights of my athletic background:
– South Carolina Champion in my last high school season. First at my school’s championship.
– My great years with the Green and Gold and the winning attitude we built.
– My CFL draft.
– A top 3 season for special teams tackles in the CFL.
The type of training that goes into preparing for football is very hard. I was pushing my limits every day. I was always the guy who was “not big enough”, “not large enough”, so I always had to do a little more to be able to dominate in my profession. These trainings, very often extremely demanding, made me develop an incredible mental strength that makes all the difference when you want to be the 1% of the 1%.
The injuries I sustained were:
– Complete dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint (Grade 3)
– Fracture of the patella
– Fracture of the ankles
– Multiple fractures and dislocations of fingers and toes
– Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament, meniscus and several other knee ligaments
– 17 years of body contact
I see cannabis as a medicinal plant that is useful both for muscle rest and for calming my hyperactive brain.
As cannabinoids, I use THC and CBD.
What I prefer in terms of consuming cannabis products is the most natural dried flower possible.
In terms of recovery from injury, several hours of massage therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and osteopathy, stretching, foam rolls, ice baths and weight training are protocol when returning to the game. In my case, I use cannabis as a muscle relaxant at the end of the day.
Cannabis makes me very introverted. In everyday life, I have a can-do attitude and a warrior mentality because of the journey I’ve taken. That being said, admitting or dealing with certain emotions is not first nature as far as I am concerned. I use cannabis to be in touch with my body and mind and stay present in the moment.
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